Voices Of Conservation

Voices of Conservation 2013

Welcome to Voices of conservation


A search to find 6 talented young conservationists from the UK to save the rhino and win the journey of a lifetime to South Africa in August 2014.

Open to 16-19 year-olds (Age on 1st August 2014) Deadline for entries: Extended by popular demand to 21st March 2014

Enter Competition

Enter Competition

To enter the competition you must:

  • form a team of between 2-6 people, all aged 16-19 on 1st August 2014
  • submit a 2 minute video discussing and presenting your ideas on solutions to rhino poaching in South Africa

The video must be all your own work and should be based on research and a genuine desire to make a difference for the future of South Africa’s rhinos. Upload your finished film to YouTube and then complete the application process below. Read the following documents for background research and tips on how to make your video:

What we’re looking for:

A dynamic team, passionate about conservation, who will take this opportunity to make a real difference to the future of the rhino. Ideas can be different, but well thought-through and based on solid background research. Most of all, we want to hear your voices – your ideas, your plans, your creativity, your solutions – so make sure you communicate them well!

Before you start

Team Details

Team Member 01*

Team Member 02*

Team Member 03

Team Member 04

Team Member 05

Team Member 06

School, club or organisation details:


200 words maximum

200 words maximum



About the prize

The winning teams (up to a maximum of 6 people) will fly to Southern Africa in August 2014 for a week’s conservation mission.

The teams will travel to one of Southern Africa’s leading privately owned game reserve, where they will spend time working on a conservation programme, of which rhino conservation is a part. They will work with Dr William Fowlds, one of South Africa’s leading wildlife vets and the face of ITV’s recent Safari Vet School series. The teams will get to understand the real issues that surround the illegal poaching of wild animals, and work with animals on recovery programmes. The teams’ winning ideas will be discussed with conservationists on the game reserve and will be put into practice if practically feasible and have a good chance of working to help stop rhino poaching.

The trip will be organised by Worldwide Experience, a leading youth expedition operator. For more information about their work and to see examples of previous expedition, see www.worldwideexperience.com/our-experiences/.


The competition is to share your team’s ideas for a solution or an array of solutions to stop rhino poaching. The ideas can range from the most high tech to the most simplistic.

Ideas need not only be on how to prevent the poaching, they may also relate to clever ideas on how to action possible solutions – for example, a creative fundraising scheme. Ideas may also be linked to education and awareness through the use of social media. You could even come up with an idea which involves the use of a smart gadget that assists the anti-poaching units on the ground.

We’re asking all students to think completely ‘out of the box’ – all submissions must be:

  • Exciting
  • Innovative
  • Practical and feasible to implement
  • Likely to make a big difference


  • Dr William Fowlds Dr William Fowlds Wildlife veterinarian
  • Adrian Gardiner Adrian Gardiner Founder & Chairman, Mantis Group
  • Bear Grylls Bear Grylls Adventurer & TV Presenter
  • Charlie Mayhew MBE Charlie Mayhew MBE Chief Executive, Tusk Trust
  • Virginia McKenna OBE Virginia McKenna OBE Actor & wildlife campaigner
  • Andrew Muir Andrew Muir CEO, Wildlife Foundation
  • Lauren St John Lauren St John Wildlife activist and author
  • Will Travers OBE Will Travers OBE CEO, Born Free Foundation

Learning Zone

Rhino poaching is a pressing and complex issue, involving a range of factors across continents. When it comes to solutions, the possibilities are almost endless. It is important that any idea that you put forward in your video is based on rigorous research.

Have a look at the following websites to give you a good idea of the background to the issue.

Assembly materials

Share what you're learning with the rest of your school - get them behind you by running an assembly about the issue of rhino poaching and what you're doing about it. Submit your details below and you'll immediately be able to download and use our assembly materials; you could also show your finished video.

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Classroom Resources

A short series of lessons for GCSE and AS/A level Geography to introduce you to rhino conservation in South Africa, the threats to rhinos and possible solutions to poaching, and a case study looking at conservation efforts in the Eastern Cape. It also includes a couple of lessons on creating your video... Share with your teacher and classmates and download the five lessons for free below! Simply submit your details and you'll be able to download all our classroom resources immediately.

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Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Bear Grylls Survival Academy offers a challenging combination of remote land/sea survival and adventure tasks and wilderness expeditions designed by Bear and his team. “It may hurt a little”.

Born Free Foundation

Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.


Investec Rhino Lifeline

Investec Rhino Lifeline

Investec Rhino Lifeline aims to raise awareness of the rhino crisis and to respond through education, rescue and prevention initiatives. Investec Rhino Lifeline is a partnership with Dr Will Fowlds, a deeply passionate wildlife vet who has been exposed to the rhino crisis through his professional contact with rhino conservation projects and his first-hand experience in dealing with poached rhinos.

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways one of the best and most respected airline companies in Africa. 


Land Rover

Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true breadth of capability across the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s 4x4 sectors. Land Rover products are currently sold in approximately 180 global markets.




Mantis is a family-run collection of properties around the world, from boutique hotels to eco-lodges, and is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration. Each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community.

South Africa Tourism

South Africa Tourism

South Africa Tourism is the official tourist board of South Africa.

Stenden University

Stenden University

Stenden University has campus sites in the Netherlands; Leeuwarden, Emmen, Groningen, Meppel and Assen; a campus in Doha (Qatar), Bangkok (Thailand) and Port Alfred (South Africa). The university offers 3 associate degrees, 19 bachelor programmes and 4 master programmes in the fields of (Service) Management, Education, Care, Economics and Technique.




Tusk was established over 20 years ago to combine the interests of wildlife and humans, through projects including conservation. It is now one of Africa’s leading charities and Prince William is a patron.

Wilderness Foundation

Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation is one of few South African Conservation NGOs currently involved with active, sustainable social intervention programmes.

Delivery Partners

Worldwide Experience

Worldwide Experience

Worldwide Experience provides conservation-oriented gap year experiences in South Africa, along with a range of specialist conservation and local community projects.

Digital Explorer

Digital Explorer

Digital Explorer is an award-winning educational social enterprise dedicated to engaging young people in global issues. With our partners, we create free education programmes based on current issues and real-world, enquiry-based learning, for schools across the world.


About Voices of Conservation

Voices of Conservation is an initiative inspired by the conservation heroes working in South Africa during the 1950s and 60s, such as Dr Ian Player. Dr. Player and his team instigated many of the conservation methods we now take for granted, such as tranquilising animals, and brought the southern white rhino back from the absolute brink of extinction. There is now a white rhino population of over 14,500.

The competition seeks to find the next generation of conservation heroes, passionate, eager and gutsy enough to put a stop to rhino poaching.

The competition is a collaboration between UK and South Africa-based organisations and companies in order to support young people step up and take part in a ‘mission possible’ initiative, and to share the issues surrounding rhino poaching with a wider audience. The accompanying education programme, for use in UK secondary schools, examines what’s happening and possible solutions through a case study, and is a good way to introduce pupils to the issue.

Looking toward the future, Voices of Conservation aims to build on past conservation successes and continue implementing schemes to safeguard the future of rhinos in their natural habitat. Who knows where this competition will lead us?


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